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KDH Board Approves Wawa Site Plan

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice May 17, 2022

No timetable set for local construction

Kill Devil Hills will host the first Wawa convenience store in North Carolina after city commissioners approved a site plan May 16 for one of its stores at 1900 N. Croatan Highway, located on the west side of the city. highway just south of BB&T and across from the old Kmart.

The site, which was unanimously approved under certain conditions, will include a 6,000 square foot convenience store, eight gas pumps and 52 parking spaces. The plan was put together by Arista Development on behalf of Wawa, which also has its eye on several other sites in North Carolina, according to its external public relations supervisor, Jennifer Wolf. In an email to The Voice written after the board vote, Wolf said there was currently no timeline for the store to be built in Kill Devil Hills.

Wawa operates more than 850 convenience stores (600 of which offer gas) in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C. The chain is known for its made-to-order meals, its freshly brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches and other Wawa brand items.

“Overall the package we got is extremely comprehensive, it’s well designed, it’s very detailed – how each post hole is going to be drilled and where each piece of wire goes,” the Kill Devil mayor said. Hills, Ben Sproul, before the vote. . “We want people here in the public and people in the neighborhood to know that we have your best interests at heart, we do our best for the community at all times. You certainly have a quality engineering team that put this package together.

Several residents who live on nearby streets spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, expressing concerns, including Wawa’s plans to install a vinyl fence as a neighborhood buffer. “A vinyl fence won’t provide any barrier against noise, lights or anything else,” one resident claimed.

When presenting the site plan, however, Deputy Director of Planning Cameron Ray said the claimant had since revised the site plan to replace the vinyl fence with a shadowbox fence to take into account the load of the wind and other maintenance issues.

For his part, Kill Devil Hills commissioner Terry Gray said he would like to see the candidate go further.

“I urge the developer to look at the closing of Lowe’s and try to go further and help buffer residences,” Gray asserted. He said in the future he would like to see city ordinances strengthened to require buffering that provided more of a sound barrier in situations similar to the Wawa project, where commercial establishments adjoin residential properties.

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